Thesis & Dissertation

Many Master’s programs at NC A&T require a formal thesis and all Ph.D. programs require a dissertation. The main purpose of writing a thesis or dissertation is to develop original research and scholarship into a well-crafted document that can be shared with peers and colleagues. The Graduate School is responsible for ensuring that theses and dissertations written by our graduates adhere to consistent formatting and quality guidelines. Following graduation, the final thesis/dissertation document will be published electronically to the ProQuest/UMI Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Database.

At the bottom of this page, you will find numerous resources to help you successfully write and format your document, including the Thesis/Dissertation Handbook, Word Template, and several web-based guides.

Fall 2014 Thesis/Dissertation Deadlines

Friday, September 5: Last day to apply for Fall 2014 graduation
Friday, October 24: Last day to defend Thesis/Dissertation
Friday, October 31: Last day to submit Thesis/Dissertation to Graduate School for review (see “**How to Submit . . .” below for details). At this point, the document must be defended, committee-approved (with any requested corrections completed), and properly formatted.
Tuesday, November 25: Last day to submit Signature Page complete with original signatures of major professor, committee members, and department chairperson.

Spring 2015 Thesis/Dissertation Deadlines

Friday, January 30: Last day to apply for Spring 2014 graduation
Friday, March 20: Last day to defend Thesis/Dissertation
Tuesday, March 27: Last day to submit Thesis/Dissertation to Graduate School for review (see “**How to Submit . . .” below for details). At this point, the document must be defended, committee-approved (with any requested corrections completed), and properly formatted.
Friday, April 24: Last day to submit Signature Page complete with original signatures of major professor, committee members, and department chairperson.

How to Submit Thesis/Dissertation to the Graduate School

In order to submit your Thesis/Dissertation for review, complete the following steps (please refer to pg. 1 of the Thesis/Dissertation Handbook for further information).

FIRST, you must submit the following materials to the Graduate School Office by the deadline:

  1. Completed/signed Thesis and Dissertation Checklist (available below).
  2. Declaration of Academic Honesty (available below).
  3. Letter (e-mail) regarding Research Clearance (if you do not already have IRB clearance, submit the form HERE <link: http://www.ncat.edu/research/dored/irb-graduate-clearance.html> to receive notification of clearance). Note that Research Clearance is required for ALL thesis/dissertation submissions.
  4. Advisor-approved digital copy of Thesis/Dissertation (either a PDF burned on a CD with advisor’s signature or a PDF e-mailed to Dr. Bigsby by advisor with a message indicating approval).

SECOND, after submitting the above items, you will then upload your PDF document to the ETD (Electronic Thesis and Dissertation) Database for review. Note that the uploaded PDF file must be identical to the advisor-approved copy in #4 above. For help with ETD submission, see the guide below (“How to Submit Electronic Thesis/Dissertation”).

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If you have additional questions, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Writing Services, Dr. Shea Bigsby, at 336-285-2377 or sbigsby@ncat.edu.